The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade: A Commentary

The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade: A Commentary


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This commentary provides a clear explanation and analysis of the legal provisions of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Even since the formation of the WTO, the GATT remains a central document in international trade law, and many of its provisions are referred to in the various WTO agreements. Mavroidis examines relevant case law, both to elaborate and to reduce (and sometimes remove) the ambiguities inherent in the primary law. The commentary is divided in four parts which discuss the core disciplines, rules, exceptions, and remaining provisions of the GATT.

The analysis explains the amount of sovereignty that nations lose by joining the World Trade Organization and the gains that ensure from the resulting cooperation. The policy aspects of the interface between national regulatory interventions and international disciplines are explored.

The text of the 1947 and 1994 GATT agreements are included as appendices.


Business Organizations Law | International Law | Law




Oxford University Press


Oxford, UK


"An essential and very refreshing contribution to contemporary international trade literature. It adds a depth and perspective that are of primary importance to the very understanding of the WTO order. An excellent publication that combines a first-rate academic analysis with a very clear and detailed examination of the practice of international trade."
Dan Horowitz, Dhair, Trade & Customs Law Committee, IBA International Trade Law and Regulation Journal

The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade: A Commentary

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